20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: San Antonio

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online tour itinerary planner .

San Antonio to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Death Valley National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Antonio in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

1
night
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
On the 4th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paso Robles online visit planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Paso Robles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In June, Paso Robles is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 93°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 6th (Thu), stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, then shop like a local with The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden, and finally cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Cable Car Museum. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Bodega Dunes in Bodega (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 11th (Tue), kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, then examine the collection at Guest House Museum, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally stop by Corners of the Mouth.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip builder website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Arcata Farmers' Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Trinidad Art Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Camel Rock.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Trinidad takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in June, you will find days in Trinidad are cooler (63°F), and nights are slightly colder (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Trinidad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arcata Farmers' Market, Camel Rock, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery
Arcata Farmers' Market ©
Arcata Farmers' Market

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Trinidad in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Amoeba Music. You'll get in some beach time at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Third Street Promenade). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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